Rural teens are 26 percent more likely to use prescription drugs for non-medical purposes than are urban teens, researchers report in the JAMA Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
Non-medical prescription drug use is a growing problem that increased 212 percent among U.S. teens from 1992 to 2003, according to the study. It is an area of concern because it’s associated with the use of other drugs including cocaine and heroin, and in problem behaviors such as gambling, increased sexual activity, and “impulsivity,” the study said. “Individuals who use prescription drugs earlier in life have a greater chance of later developing prescription drug dependence,” the authors wrote.
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